- For the second year in a row, Temple field hockey pulled off an upset against nationally ranked Old Dominion (6-6, 2-2 BIG EAST), this year topping the No. 13 Monarchs 2-1 in overtime at Howarth Field on Friday afternoon.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Owls (5-8, 2-2 BIG EAST) who got an impressive nine saves from freshman goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock
. Adding to the save total of 11 for Temple were freshmen Becky Gerhart
and Kathryn Edgar
with one defensive save apiece in an all-around outstanding backfield effort for the Owls.
Junior and leading scorer Rachael Mueller
came up with her third game-winning goal of the season, this time doing it in dramatic fashion in the seventh minute of overtime. The Owls got their other goal from redshirt junior Sarah Keer
early in the contest.
The victory marked the first for Temple against a ranked opponent so far this season. The Owls' strength of schedule, ranked eighth in the nation, has seen them play four teams in the Top 10 already this year.
"I think this win had a lot to do with our belief and our confidence," said Temple head coach Marybeth Freeman
. "We've had some tough, adverse situations early in the season and we've been saying 'keep chipping away, keep chipping away.' I'm really happy that we found the grit that we needed today to get the result that we knew we could get. We really put our belief into action against a really strong opponent in Old Dominion. I couldn't be more proud of the team and how they were able to execute what we needed to do today."
Old Dominion finished with 12 penalty corners compared to four for Temple, resulting in a strong advantage for the Monarchs in both total shots and shots on goal. Despite taking 12 shots on goal, ODU scored only once while the Owls' converted on two of their four shots on target.
Keer put the Owls in the lead early on, scoring her first goal of the season in the 11th minute. Junior Maiyah Brown
set up the goal with a well-timed pass from the right side of the circle, finding Keer in front of the cage who knocked the ball into the left corner past ODU goalkeeper Kealsie Robles.
The 1-0 lead held up for nearly 15 minutes until the Monarchs' Chrissy Horn tied the game. Amie Olton fed Horn the ball at the top of the circle, and a long, low shot by Horn found its way past Lilliock into the right corner.
For the remaining 45 minutes of regulation, the game was a stalemate. Lilliock made two more saves down the stretch of the first half and then added five second-half saves to keep the Monarchs off the scoreboard. Temple had one of its best chances to score in the final seconds of regulation, but a shot by Edgar sailed just high of the cage. The Owls were a player up for the final eight minutes of regulation and the first two of overtime after an ODU yellow card, but were unable to take advantage.
The first opportunity of overtime was Temple's on a corner, but the resulting shot was wide. ODU got a corner in the sixth minute and had a shot saved by Lilliock. Early in the seventh minute an ODU shot went wide and Temple came back down the field.
Mueller collected the ball on the left wing near the far baseline and slipped a shot past Robles into the right corner for the win. The game-winner was Mueller's third in the last four games, and was her second overtime game-winner.
Temple will take its four-game win streak across town on Sunday, Oct. 9 to face city rival Penn at 1:00 p.m.
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